I began the PhD at Memorial in May 2009 and have really enjoyed the learning and the process. I will begin the dissertation process in May 2012 and aim to be completed by December 2013. My research will be directed at a phenomenological understanding of Bengali immigrants about their own parenting. This comes from being a Canadian-born Indian child of the generation of South Asians who began to come to come to Canada in much higher numbers in the later 1960s. My hope is to contribute to immigrant adjustment research as it relates to acculturation, parenting adjustments and identity development as well as cultural competency skill-building.
Currently, I have been teaching in a preparatory program at Conetsoga College for almost 10 years and in the social work program at Renison University College-University of Waterloo (both in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario) and I do some counselling in Elmira, Ontario. Before teaching, I worked in adoption, foster care, family preservation, and have provided counselling/therapy to a First Nations community. The PhD represents a desire to be a student once again, to learn and to be challenged and stimulated and for me, Memorial's program has totally met my every expectation.